How to Recover Deleted Files from Flash Drive without Software?

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"By mistake I deleted a folder from my USB drive that contains Presentation and Excel files I need. I use Windows 10. Would appreciate if anyone can help!

If you are a regular USB flash drive user, data loss issue is almost unavoidable like the above situation. This is because there are many factors that can lead to this issue. Fortunately, data recovery is usually possible with the right method. So if your files got deleted from your flash drive, don't panic, this article will introduce several ways to recover the deleted files without software.

The methods mentioned in this article are available for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP.

1How to Recover Deleted Files from Flash Drive without Software?

Most Windows users may wonder how to retrieve deleted from USB Drive for free. Find the answer in this page. Firstly, we will show a detailed guide to recover deleted files from USB by using Command Prompt or Restore previous versions feature.

1Recover Deleted Files from Flash Drive without Software - Use CMD

Recovering deleted data from a flash drive is possible, even without software. And to recover deleted files from usb using cmd, you should have some knowledge of command-line languages, which will be listed below.

Step 1. Connect your flash drive to your PC. Press Win + R keys to launch the Run program.

Step 2. Then type cmd and click on OK.

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Step 3. Type this command in the window: ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D G:*.* (G here should be replaced with the drive letter of your flash drive). Once you have entered the above command, Windows will attempt to recover your files. You can look for them in your flash drive after the process is complete.

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The process is a bit complicated.  Although it's not guaranteed that you will recover all deleted files via this method, it is still worth a try.

2Restore a Previous Version

"Restore previous versions" is a useful feature of Windows that allows you to recover your deleted files from flash drive without software (if the feature was enabled at the time of deletion).

Step 1. First, you need to connect the flash drive to your computer, then navigate to the folder where your files were stored before deletion.

Step 2. Right-click on the selected folder and select the "Restore previous versions" option.

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Step 3. Choose the previous version you need, then click on the Restore button.

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You should have enabled the "Restore previous versions" feature before you losing data.

2How to Recover Deleted Files from Flash Drive with Software?

Looking for a relatively faster and easier way to retrieve deleted files from a flash drive? iMyFone AnyRecover will be one of the best choices in this regard.

Programmed with the most advanced recovery algorithm, this USB drive file recovery tool has helped over 1,000,000 people recover their lost files. Using AnyRecover to recover deleted files from USB flash drive is more efficient than the above-mentioned methods and ensures a higher recovery rate.


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  • AnyRecover full version allows you to retrieve unlimited data and able to preview data before recovery.

  • Recover deleted/lost files for any storage mediums, including USB flash drives, external hard drives, SD card, XD/CF card, digital camera, and more.

  • Restore deleted files successfully regardless of how they got deleted, e.g. OS crash, hard disk failure, lost partition, virus attack, and other data loss scenarios.

  • Rescue all types of deleted files: photos, videos, office documents, emails, audios, archives, etc.

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Start to Perform Deleted Files Recovery from Flash Drive:

Step 1. Connect your flash drive to the PC and launch AnyRecover software, after it is recognized, select it under the External Removable Devices tab.

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Step 2. Click on the Start button, the program will start an All-Round Scan on the flash drive you selected.

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Step 3. Once the list of recoverable files appears, find your lost file and then double-click it to preview, later click the Recover button if that's the file you need.

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Video Tutorial on Recovering Deleted Files from USB Flash Drive

3    Things You Should Know When You Lose Data

There are several factors that affect the success of your flash drive recovery. You should know about them and take certain precautions if you want to ensure successful data recovery.

It's a good choice to develop a habit of making regular backups.

Stop using the flash drive as soon as you discover that your data has been lost/deleted.

Don't format the flash drive as it decreases the chances of successful data recovery.

Don't store new data as it overwrites the certain sectors of the flash drive that contain the deleted files.

Don't try to repair bad sectors of the flash drive as it can destroy data stored on them and even completely eliminate the chances of file recovery.


Getting your files accidentally deleted from your flash drive can be really annoying. Fortunately, there are easy ways to recover deleted files from flash drive without/with software. It is recommended that you try iMyFone AnyRecover to recover your deleted files if you want a high recovery rate, it can also save you a lot of time and hassle.

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By  Simon Marcus , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Dec 06, 2018  ( Updated: Sep 07, 2020 )

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